KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (5-6) completed a double digit comeback over SIUE, 80-75, on Thursday evening at Swinney Auditorium.
It was a career day for junior guard Ericka Mattingly (Wichita, Kan.) as she helped the Roos erase a 16-point deficit to the Cougars with a stat line of 26 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. Mattingly’s 26 points and 14 rebounds were both career bests as a Roo.
With under eight minutes to play in the first game of the Roo Holiday Classic, UMKC took the lead with three straight baskets from freshman forward Leilah Vigil (Montbello, Colo.) after trailing since the three minute mark in the first period.
The Roos then nailed four crucial free throws with one minute left in the contest to prevail over the Cougars, who are now 4-5 on the season
Midway through the third period Mattingly picked up her 10th rebound to secure her fourth double-double of the season, while the Roos were able to trim the Cougars lead down to five with two free throws from Mattingly and two field goals from Vigil, bringing the score to 55-50 with under four minutes to play in period.
During the second period, the Roos were able to close the gap on SIUE with a 25-point quarter, which narrowed the Cougars lead to 45-38 heading into halftime.
After today’s victory against SIUE the Roos have now won five out of their last six games in non-conference play.
“Our effort and energy was really evident in the first half which kept us from the usual level of play that we needed. But at the end of the second quarter is when we finally tapped into our level of play and it continued over into the win,” stated head coach Jacie Hoyt. “I think our team really has high standards for themselves and they expect to win and fight through adversity”
Hoyt also commented on the Roos next opponent in tomorrow’s match up with LA Tech.
“They are really athletic and have a player who can score at will for them so limiting their opportunities will be a big emphasis for our next game tomorrow.”
• The Blue & Gold compete in game two of the Roo Holiday Classic tomorrow against Louisiana Tech at 5:30 p.m. CT.
• With four rebounds in the win versus SIUE, senior forward Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) recorded 500 rebounds in her career, becoming the 14th player in UMKC history to accomplish this feat
• In the win against SIUE, Mattingly has now scored 20 points or more in eight of the 11 games this season
• Mattingly leads the WAC in points (18.9), assists (6.5) and steals per game (3.0) after Thursday’s victory
• Career high 11 free throws made from Mattingly in Thursday’s win over SIUE
• As a team, UMKC ranks second in points (74.0) and fifth in rebounds per game (38.5) in the WAC
• The Roos shot 25 of 67 (37.3%) from the court in Thursday’s win
• The Roos had four players in double digits in the win against the Cougars
• UMKC made 23 of 28 from the charity stripe in the win versus the Cougars
• Vigil and freshman guard Brooke Hampel both are in the top five in field goal percentage in the WAC. Vigil ranks second at 54.9 percent while Hampel ranks fourth at 52.9 percent
• UMKC has scored 80 or more points in five games this season
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